The love of LeBron James for other sports and sporting franchises is not hidden from anyone all over the world. The 4x NBA Champ is keen on building his portfolio with elite ownership. And as a result of which, he has been successful in getting some stakes in Liverpool and Boston Red Sox. However, this time around another personnel from the Lakers family seems to have become to top candidate in buying Premier League giant Chelsea.
So, who is these personnel? A group featuring Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers’ part-owner Todd Boehly has advanced to the next stage of the process to buy the Stamford Bridge team, according to James Olley of ESPN. However, Boehly would not be the only one buying the Premier League club, as his group includes the likes of Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and British property investor Jonathan Goldstein.
Todd Boehly and Group leading the pact to buy Chelsea
To bring everyone on the same page, the ownership of Chelsea has gone out on sale ever since the sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich were sent out, for his alleged ties with Vladimir Putin. Raine Group, a New York-based merchant bank, is handling the sale of the club and has taken upwards of 30 bids.
As per reports quoted by Clutchpoints, “The other confirmed to have progressed on Friday morning is the consortium headed by British businessman Sir Martin Broughton, former chairman of British Airways, containing World Athletics president Sebastian Coe and rumoured to involve Crystal Palace shareholders Josh Harris and David Blitzer.
“Sources told ESPN last week that Raine were likely to identify two or three bids to be put forward for consideration by the Chelsea hierarchy, excluding Abramovich.”
The Rickets family, who are owners of the Chicago Cubs, is now also involved with a bid. That being said, there have been some backlash because of racist comments made by Joe Ricketts in leaked emails several years back.
Given that Chelsea is fighting to keep their place in the Top 4 safe, an official ownership agreement coming out soon, could surely ease the nerves of all their players.